Volume 1 - The Agonising Heart - Salvation of the dying, consolation of the afflicted
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TABLE OF CONTENTS.
Preface pp. vii — xiii.
I.— THE DEVOTION.
REMOTE ORIGIN OF THE DEVOTION TO THE AGONISING HEART OF JESUS.
Explanation. Remote origin of this Devotion found in the Incarnation, and especially in the Agony in the Garden. Mary the first to practise it. All pure souls have with St John imitated her compassionate Heart. Meaning of the practices. Devotion to the Sacred Heart its source. Its name is not new, nor is it new in its highest expression, i.e., the renunciation of the world pp. 1 — 9.
Developed in our days. Its preparation in Paris at the Rue des Postes. Its formation at Vals pres le Puys. Approbation given by Pius IX. at Naples. First pamphlet published at Avignon . pp. 9 — 16.
NATURE OF THIS DEVOTION.
Object of veneration, object of supplication. First aim of Devotion to the Sacred Heart io honour; second aim to repair. Both attained by Devotion to the Agonising Heart. Usefulness of the Devotion, a usefulness distinct from that of the Bona Mors. The four fruits of a good work pp. 17 — 23.
THE OBJECT OF OUR VENERATION.
Devotion to the Agonising Heart forms a link between Devotion to the Sacred Heart and Devotion to the Holy Agony. The Agony of the Heart of Jesus explained by French authors. This Agony caused by the sight of our sins, by compassion for our miseries, and by the foreknowledge of Its own sufferings. Our preachers often represent sin as inflicting Agony on the Heart of Jesus. Greatness of this Agony pp. 24 — 32.
ADVANTAGES OF THIS DEVOTION.
Social utility of every Catholic Devotion. Fruitfulness of Devotion to the Heart of Jesus. It is reasonable to honour the Agonising Heart It is just to give It thanks. It is useful to pray to It. Charity in the Garden of the Church pp. 32 — 40.
LET US CONSOLE THE AGONISING HEART OF JESUS.
We console It by imitation. By converting the dying. How much the sight of the lost afflicted It. How much the sight of our efforts consoles It pp. 40 — 46
THE OBJECT OF OUR SUPPLICATIONS.
Devotion to the Heart of Jesus an excellent preparation for a holy death. The Agonising Heart invoked for the salvation of the dying. The last agony. Terrors of the dying sinner. We cannot perfectly describe the last agony, but we can sanctify it by prayers pp. 47 — 55.
LET US NOT FORSAKE THE DYING.
In former times every Christian prepared for death. Works on this subject But now the dying often will not even see a Priest. Touching prayer of a dying Religious that the dying may not be forsaken. Let us be their visible angels pp. 55 — 60.
REASONS FOR HASTE.
Reasons of our prayers for the dying. Jesus asks it of us. We pay homage to His Agony when we trust them to His Agonising Heart. Time presses. Let our assistance be in proportion to the necessity for it. Let us be apostles. Let us pray by working and by suffering.
We shall be prayed for in our turn . pp. 60 — 65.
II.— THE CONFRATERNITY.
OLD ASSOCIATIONS FOR THE RELIEF OF THE DYING.
Influence of the Association. The holy women on Calvary. The service of the hospitals, and of the ministers of the sick. Confraternity of the Holy Agony of our Lord. Bona Mors under the protection of the holy Angels. Confraternity of St Francis of Sales for the agonising pp 66 — 73.
THE NEW ASSOCIATION SUITED TO THE PRESENT TIME.
Fitness of devotion to the Agonising Heart, as regards its object of veneration and its object of supplication. Prayer is often our only way of promoting the salvation of the dying. The association of the "Solidaires" and its motto. Episcopal condemnation. Support from Freemasonry. Opposition to this satanic society becomes a necessity. Mission of the Associates of the Agonising Heart. An ingenious method adopted pp. 74 — 82.
PROGRESS OF THE WORK.
Short prayer to the Agonising Heart distributed everywhere, like a blessed seed. Benevolent assistance of pious persons. Association established at Bourges, at Mans, at Niort, and Limoges. Interior progress of the work, or greater perfection of means. How the Association may be established . pp. 83 — 88.
VISITING THE SICK.
Recommended by the Founder. The first Confraternity of Charity and the society of ladies established by St. Vincent of Paul for the purpose of visiting the sick. Much good is still done, in Paris by this society. The Association of the Agonising Heart promotes the same work. Statutes relative to visiting the sick. How God leads founders and developes their undertakings pp. 88 — 94.
PRAYER AND ACTION.
Variety in unity. Contemplative and active Nuns. Apostolic Society of the Sacred Heart. Prayer is the soul of the Society. And action combined with prayer and suffering is its ordinary means . pp. 95 — 102.
THE WORK IN COMMUNITIES.
This work flourishes best in Communities, because their members are most like Jesus in His Agony. The resemblance strengthened by devotion to His Agonising Heart. Zeal of active Communities for our object ; and of contemplative Communities , pp. 102 — 107.
GRACES OBTAINED THROUGH IT.
Blessings connected with the worship of the Sacred Heart. Blessings received by the Associates of the Agonising Heart. Their special happiness in Heaven. Graces which they gain for others. Examples pp. 107 — 112.
THE DYING CONVERTED.
Conversion of two old men, one rich and the other poor, one at home and the other in a hospital pp. 1 12 — 128.
Conversion of a young man who had resisted grace. Conversion of an impious blasphemer. Reflections of a Religious pp. 1 18 — 124.
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ARCHCON FRATERNITY AT JERUSALEM.
All hearts are turned towards Jerusalem. A young person invokes the Agonising Heart for her dying father; causes a medal to be struck ; wishes for the establishment of an Archconfraternity at Jerusalem ; corresponds with Father Lyonnard. The Patriarch, Mgr. Valerga, views the project with favour. Its execution delayed by difficulties pp. 124 — 129.
ARCHCONFRATERNITY AT JERUSALEM.
Decree of the Patriarch establishing the Confraternity. Indulgences granted by the Pope. How to become a member. First consequence, propagation of Devotion to the Agonising Heart. Second consequence, the diffusion of the general Devotion to the Sacred Heart. Egotism and self-indulgence will be thus diminished by this Devotion pp. 130 — 139.
III.— THE COMMUNITY.
CONTEMPLATIVE CONGREGATION OF THE AGONISING HEART.
The work of the Agonising Heart is glorious. Usefulness of the contemplative life. Its principle and its object — love of man and love of God. The more contemplative Orders love God, the more they love their neighbours. Contemplative Communities increase devotion and love. This will be specially true of the Community of the Agonising Heart pp. 140— 146.
IDEA OF THE FOUNDATION.
The Foundress' attraction for Religious life. She is left a widow with ten children ; devotes herself to the care of the sick ; builds a chapel in honour of the Agonising Heart; wishes to establish a Community; speaks of her desire to Father Lyonnard ; and resolves to under- take it pp. 146 — 152.
EXECUTION OF THE PROJECT.
The first vocation. Departure for Mende. Token of the divine pleasure by a miraculous cure. Opening of the Novitiate. Death of the first Choir Sister. The Foundress and two Sisters take their vows. Paternal care of Providence. The House at Lyons pp. 152 — 160.
ABRIDGED FORMULARY OF THE INSTITUTE.
Object, vows, cloister, prayer, mortification, work, dowry, auxiliaries, spirit, devotion. Apostolic object often set before the Religious. Prayers for the direction of the intention. The Community meet present needs. It will maintain the Devotion and the Confraternity .. pp. 161 — 166.
THE VOW OF IMMOLATION.
Its obligations. Offering of life. God has often accepted this kind of offering. Value of this vow. Resemblance which it produces between Jesus Christ and the Religious. Its power for good . pp. 166—172.
Object of the vocation. Spirit of the Institute. Cloister. Postulate. First Novitiate. Second Novitiate. Form of Profession. Question of Conscience pp. 173 — 178.
The cell. The Religious dress. Act of offering. Psalmody. Mass. Manual labour. Meals. Recreation. Rosary. Intercession. Homage to the Dying Saviour's Agony pp. 179—186.
St Agnes, model of all virgins who consecrate themselves to the Lord. Preface sung by the Celebrant Words sung by the virgins. Special observance at the Profession in honour of the Agony of our Lord. Peculiarities in the ceremony of giving the Religious dress pp. 186 — 193.
DIFFERENT REPRESENTATIONS OF THE AGONY OF JESUS.
The new Institute represents the Saviour's Agony. Material representation. Historical representation. Moral representation pp. 193 — 198.
Exercise of the Five Wounds. Exercises of reparation. The Holy Hour. Oblation — Intercession — Fast. Humiliation in the refectory. Prayer to the Angel of Consolation pp. 198—204.
DEVOTION TO THE COMPASSIONATE HEART OF MARY.
Honours paid to the Blessed Virgin. Daily prayer. Consecration made on Saturday. Exercises of humiliation on her seven principal Feasts. Zeal of Mary for the salvation of the agonising. Let us imitate this zeal pp. 204 — 210.
THE SALVATION OF THE AGONISING.
The good that women can do by a hidden life. A cloistered Nun has sometimes been chosen by God to cooperate with an Apostolic man. Usefulness of the Nuns of the Agonising Heart, especially to the dying pp. 210 — 216.
PRAYERS OF CONTEMPLATIVE ORDERS.
Detractors of contemplative life inconsistent and unjust. Good done by contemplative Orders. Examples of sinners converted by them. Value of the prayers of a whole Community pp. 216 — 221
Conversion of a merchant at Mende. Conversion of an old man in the diocese of Bordeaux. Holy deaths of the relations of Nuns. To multiply conversions let us promote the extension of the Society pp. 222 — 227.
Providential designs. The spirit of prayer and contemplation is kept alive amongst us by the contemplative Orders. The Agonising Heart of Jesus will revive it among the active Orders. Perhaps it may become a common centre of prayer for all. The active spiritual life, or mixed life, will be developed ; this is the most perfect of all. The work will become a great and fruitful tree pp. 228 — 234.
PRAYERS FOR THE DYING.
I. Daily Prayer (Latin and English)
II. Litany of Jesus in the Garden of Olives
III. Litany of St. Joseph
IV. Prayer of a Nun of the Visitation
V. Prayer of Father Franco
VI. Prayers of Morvelli
VII. Prayers of Lattaignant
VIII. Litany of the Dying
IX. Recommendation of a Departing soul